What Phase Are Your Crabapples In?

Crabapples in sunlight show different phases just like the moon, depending on where the observer stands. At left, the apples are almost between me and the sun so just a sliver of them is lit. At right, the sun is directly off the right, and the apples look like half moons. Photos: Bob King / Duluth…
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Re-entry Update #3 / Geysers By Starlight

I was out looking from 9:35 to 9:55 p.m. tonight, and didn’t see anything burning up overhead except for a few faint meteors. Did you? It’s possible the ammonia tank may have re-entered Earth’s atmosphere unwitnessed. That would happen if it came down during daylight or over the middle of the ocean. No one’s 100% sure yet, so…
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Re-entry Update #2

The best we can do for the re-entry of the Early Ammonia Servicer (EAS) is 9:46 p.m. tonight Central time, plus or minus 15 hours. Needless to say, that’s a big margin of error! At 9:46, the EAS will be over the Baja Peninsula and heading northeast. If it doesn’t burn up there, it will continue on its…
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Monkey Bar Moon

The crescent moon swings between the sky’s two brightest planets tonight, November 2. This map shows the sky around 5:15-30 p.m. as you face southwest. — created with Stellarium Still no word on the ammonia tank burnup (see yesterday’s blog). I’ll check later and return with – I hope – more information. Unlike some satellites,…
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A Glorious Halo / Re-entry Update

This closeup of a sundog on the left or eastern side of the sun today not only shows a spread of color but also a tail. Floating horizontal ice crystals shaped like hexagonal bathroom tiles, bend or refract sunlight to create the sundog. When those ice crystals wobble in the air, they produce tails of light. Photo: Bob…
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